Questions for your hospital visit

Visiting the hospital where you plan to have your baby? Here's what to ask.

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As part of the antenatal build-up to the delivery of your baby, you may be offered a tour of the hospital. It’s an opportunity well worth taking – and make sure you take your birth partner with you.

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Not only will you be able to see first-hand where you are likely to give birth, but you’ll also get the chance to ask questions.

Not sure what to ask? Think about the following:

  • Parking procedures, shopping and catering arrangements
  • Admissions procedures – who to call, where should you report to
  • What to bring, and what you’re not allowed to bring
  • What to bring for your newborn baby
  • Visiting hours, numbers of visitors allowed
  • Are private rooms available? Do you have to pay for them?
  • Number of beds per ward
  • Are babies kept next to mums?
  • How the hospital deals with birth plans
  • What is the hospital policy on inductions: when might they decide to induce?
  • Number of babies born, intervention and Caesarean rates
  • Who will deliver your baby?
  • Availability of birthing pools
  • Shower/washing facilities
  • Types of pain relief available. Can you use natural remedies during labour, can you bring a complementary therapist?
  • What type of fetal monitoring do they use?
  • What happens to you and your baby after the birth
  • What support is available for breastfeeding?
  • Ask to see the special-care baby unit. What will happen if your baby needs special care?
  • What is the procedure if you need a Caesarean?
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Taken from Pregnancy & Birth, The Essential Checklist, DK £8.99. Published November 1, 2009

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